Riot breaks out at Putt Putt Fun Center

Riot breaks out at Putt Putt Fun Center
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It was a complete NO FUN for the Putt Putt Fun Center in Memphis, Tennessee, over the past weekend.

KCOnThe Radio has posted a video of a riot breaking out at the Putt Putt Fun Center and said, “Welcome to the Putt-Putt Fun Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Gee, what ever do you think these teenagers may have watched on TV or online that would convince them that it’s OK to act this way?”

What really happened?

“The outfit said that parents were dropping off their kids Saturday evening when a crowd of 300-400 people rushed into the center, created a big ruckus over there, and placed it in violation of the COVID-19 safety restrictions,” WREG-TV reported, citing a police report.

After that, the Putt Putt Center decided to close its outlet. According to the station, the chaos began when the employees said that they would not issue refunds.

The riot video clearly shows a girl breaking all the transparent glass dividers on the counter. She also grabs a few heavy stands and throws them across the counter, leaving the employees completely terrified.

Some people said online that they were at the center and claimed some of the gaming machines were taking money without providing the gaming time and this is what created the whole incident of vandalism, TMZ reported.

WREG said the girl was also seen spitting on employees.

The station also said that they tried to get to the girl to hear the story from her side but hadn’t heard anything back from her.

What did the company say?

The center’s general manager, Aaron Boss, said in a statement to WREG that the incident was something the company has never experienced in 57 years of business.

Below is the statement released by Putt-Putt Games and Golf.

“Unfortunately, yesterday evening we had an incident that we have never experienced in 57 years of business. Parents chose to leave large groups of teenagers at our facility without their supervision. Some of those people chose to create a disturbance the likes of which we have never seen.

“We are very thankful that none of our Golf and Games family or customers were injured during this situation. We are actively trying to identify those involved and hold them accountable for their actions. Going forward, any minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone that is left unattended will be asked to leave.

“We have been the Memphis area’s locally owned place for family entertainment for nearly six decades. We will always welcome those who choose to share their family experiences with us. Please understand this is not a reflection of us or our park. We look forward to serving you soon.”

So far a 13-year-old boy was issued a juvenile summon for disorderly conduct, said the station. The fun center resumed their operations last Sunday.

According to the father of the girl at the center, the video doesn’t show the real story.

“It started somewhere,” Jerald Jones said. “It didn’t just all of a sudden go to, ‘I’m going to go up there and disrespect these folks.’ My kids don’t get down like that.”

The girl’s father has said that money was not the only issue, but that an employee escalated the entire situation.

“The other guy saying, ‘Get out, get out’ spit on her out his mouth. That’s when she spit back, which is what everybody else seen. They didn’t see the part where he spit,” Jones said.

“Kids everywhere are talking about they want to fight her and meet up with her,” Jones added.